AI Fear Mongering?

Huffpost Tech exclaims, “Google’s New AI Becomes ‘Highly Aggressive’ to Get What It Wants.” Is the robot rebellion beginning? Reporter Oscar Williams describes an experiment wherein two DeepMind agents learned to compete for a limited number of virtual apples—by pulling out virtual lasers. He writes:

Without using the laser beams, they would end up with equal numbers of apples, so the aggression was rewarded. And the more sophisticated the neural network, the more aggressive the agents became.

In another game, however, in which cooperation was rewarded, the AIs … cooperated. The software, it seems, will adapt to each situation—which is just what we want it to do. As for aggressively pursuing “what it wants,” remember that depends entirely on what programmers have specified.

Cynthia Murrell, March 1, 2017

Samsung Bixby a Versatile Linguist

 The Galaxy S8’s built-in personal assistant, Bixby, will lead the AI personal-assistant field in terms of the number of languages supported, according to Trusted Reviews’ article, “Samsung Could Trump Google with this Galaxy S8 Feature.” Not only Google stands to be outdone– the S8 assistant will interact in eight languages, which is seven more than Amazon’s English-only Alexa currently supports. (Reportedly, German, Chinese, and perhaps other languages are in Alexa’s near future.)

Bixby, rumor has it, is based on tech Samsung acquired when it bought Viv Labs last year. Based in San Jose, California, that company was founded in 2012 by three of the folks who’d developed Apple’s Siri.

English, Korean and Chinese will all be on board from the start, as will up to five other languages (via SamMobile). By way of comparison, Google Assistant is still only available in five languages (English, Hindi, German, Japanese and Portuguese)

 And the language race is on. This is but one aspect of the competition. Will Amazon counter Samsung’s AI precociousness by making its own microwaves and ovens for Alexa to work with? And what of Samsung’s plans to connect Bixby to appliances and wearable tech? Stay tuned.

Cynthia Murrell, February 23, 2017